Thrashers 9, Hurricanes 0

By The Associated Press
Posted 10:00AM on Saturday 12th November 2005 ( 18 years ago )
<p>Ilya Kovalchuk scored two more goals and Peter Bondra also had a pair of goals to help the Atlanta Thrashers set a franchise scoring record in a 9-0 victory over the Southeast Division-leading Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night.</p><p>The Thrashers, who broke the team mark of eight goals, snapped Carolina's franchise-record winning streak at nine games. It was Carolina's first loss since falling in overtime at Toronto on Oct. 20 and its first loss of the season at home.</p><p>Atlanta scored on its first two shots, with Kovalchuk, who had a career-high four goals Friday night in a 5-2 victory over Tampa Bay, and Scott Mellanby beating Martin Gerber. Gerber, who had two shutouts in his previous three games, was pulled after Mellanby's goal with 9:03 left in the period.</p><p>The loss was the worst for the Hurricanes since the team moved from Hartford. Mike Dunham played the first period in goal for Atlanta and stopped all five shots he faced before being relieved by Adam Berkhoel with a 5-0 lead at the start of the second period. Dunham left for precautionary reasons because of a sore groin.</p><p>Kovalchuk opened the scoring a with a low slap shot from just inside the blue line at 8:25 of the first. Mellanby made it 2-0 at 10:57.</p><p>Cam Ward relieved Gerber with the Hurricanes down 2-0.</p><p>Bobby Holik, Jim Slater and Kovalchuk rounded out Atlanta's first-period scoring for a 5-0 lead. In the second period, Marian Hossa and Peter Bondra scored. And Serge Aubin scored Atlanta's eighth goal in the third period.</p><p>Marc Savard had four assists for Atlanta and became Atlanta's leading scorer with 24 points.</p><p>Atlanta survived a 5-on-3 power play after Jaroslav Modry and Niclas Havelid were called for hooking penalties in the first two minutes of the first period.</p><p>Notes:@ Atlanta matched its record goals in a period with its five-goal first. ... The Thrashers have scored power-play goals in 10 of their last 11 games. ... Atlanta, which outshot the Hurricanes 36-19, has outshot seven of its last nine opponents. ... Carolina's Eric Staal was held pointless for the first time in 10 games.</p>

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